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Four years ago I had the idea to build a blog network dedicated to reviewing and rounding up apps. We started with Mac apps and then quickly expanded to additional channels covering iOS, Android, Windows and Web apps. While the network has been successful in traffic and audience, reaching some 100m+ visitors over the four years, it’s ultimately not fit within our broader company mission. So I’m here today to announce that unfortunately after four years of app guidance, we’re closing AppStorm down.

Click here to continue reading the message from Collis at Mac.AppStorm.

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The rumor that Nokia would release a Windows based tablet goes a long way back, had numerous leaks and was rumored to be announced multiple times. The company has finally announced that they have been building a device all this time.

Yesterday at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi the company unveiled the Lumia 2520, a 10-inch Windows RT based tablet that features the beautiful poly-carbonate design seen on other Lumia devices.

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If you’d ever been into a Microsoft store you likely were very confused when confronted by two differently named devices. The “Surface RT” hit the market late last year while the original “Surface Pro” was released earlier this year and now Microsoft has dropped the “RT” from the original device’s name.

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The launch of Windows 8.1 is finally here! Today is the day you’re able to download the final version of Windows 8.1 for the very first time through the Windows Store. You’re able to go and grab it right now, for free if you’re a current Windows 8 user.

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As Windows 8.1′s launch draws near Microsoft has released a slew of updates to almost every single official application they have. The updates began rolling out a few hours earlier than the launch.

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As Windows 8.1 is set to roll out around the world, Facebook has released their very first app for the new OS marking the first time they have supported it with a native application.

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Everyone has run into this at least once before: Skype’s infuriating inability to synchronize messages across devices means that you get multiple alerts about the same message.

One on your phone, then your tablet, laptop and desktop to clear manually. It’s frustrating and ruins the entire experience, but we have good news: Microsoft has announced that Skype will get message synchronization in a future update.

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Love him or hate him, Steve Ballmer has been a big part of Microsoft for the past 33 years and has held the CEO position for the last 13. He’s been a unique energetic personality that doesn’t really compare to any other speaker or CEO out there (if you haven’t seen this iconic video, where have you been hiding?)

Last week, Ballmer lead his final Microsoft employee meeting as CEO before he will step down in the middle of next year. The footage of his goodbye speech — set to the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing’s time of my life – is tearful and powerful. It shows a man that was dedicated to Microsoft for the majority of his professional life.

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It’s not entirely clear why this wasn’t Microsoft’s strategy from the start, but a report from The Verge today suggests that the company is working to build a unified app store that works consistently across Windows Phone and the Windows desktop.

According to the report Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group at Microsoft made the announcement at an internal company meeting today.

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Microsoft confirmed this week that it plans to release touch-first versions of Office for Windows 8′s “Modern” interface as well as bringing the experiences across to other platforms such as iOS and Android.

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